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No Atma, Lots of Nirbharta: The Socio-Ecological Bankruptcy of Modi’s Self-Reliance Stimulus -Ashish Kothari The most blatant example of ecological illiteracy in the name of ‘self-reliance’ is that of coal mining – a sector which is being opened up in parts of central India which were hitherto off-limits. For a government that is tom-tomming its environmental record across the globe, it is interesting that nature, ecology and environment are almost totally absent from the Indian government’s Covid-19 recovery or stimulus package labelled ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant...

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25 Laws Passed by Parliament in Monsoon Session and What You Should Know About Them

-The Leaflet The rate of passage of Bills per day was. 2.7 Bills, which is the best rate till now. THE Monsoon Session of the Parliament came to an abrupt end on September 23 following the rising number of Covid-19 cases. The session began on September 14 and, after 7 days of functioning, was adjourned sine die. Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi said that the productivity of Lok Sabha was approximately...

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Lynchings, migrant deaths, student suicides: 20 things Union govt doesn't have data on In the season of ‘no data available’ TNM lists an exhaustive number of things that the Union Government claims it has no data on. After the Union Government’s response of ‘no data available’ to several questions in the parliament, the way in which the country’s official statistics and data is being managed has come into question.  While it has become fodder for many memes, the dearth of data, either due to...

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Covid 19: Pastoralism under shadows of fear

-GoI Monitor Herders faced discrimination and hardships in managing seasonal migrations Jaga Vashraam Rabari of Vrajvani village in Kutch migrates every summer with his herd of animals for eight months. Villagers in Pattan, around 300 km from home, usually invite and welcome his group but this time, they were not allowed to enter the villages due to rumours around COVID 19. “The presence of police personnel also scared us and our mobility was seriously...

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Rakesh Tikait, farmer leader and national spokesperson of Bhartiya Kisan Union, interviewed by Shagun Kapil (Down to Earth)

-Down to Earth Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson questions why Narendra Modi govt didn’t consult stakeholders before pushing 3 contentious Bills through Parliament The three contentious ‘farmers’ Bills have grabbed eyeballs even in the middle of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. Narendra Modi has lost food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal from his Cabinet en route turning the controversial Ordinances into laws. The Rajya Sabha has been split down the middle and question...

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